The Oatlands gardens in Leesburg, Virginia are distinguished by unusual and old-growth trees including gingko, blue atlas cedar, black walnut, European larch, shagbark hickory, horse chesnut, littleleaf linden, Japanese zelkova and osage orange, among many others.
Sharing plants can save them from extinction, as in the case of the beautiful native Franklin tree (Franklinia alatamaha), which is now widely grown by gardeners only because its seeds were collected in the 1700s by early American plant explorers – before the plant vanished forever from its native habitat.
For a modern Christmas tree and stand, designer Ginger Curtis started with a Cypress tree planted in a wood basket. Then, she added a chunky, wool blanket, personalized sacks and black-wrapped parcels to finish off the magic of this modern Christmas decor.
Imagine growing a lemon tree by the biggest, brightest window in your Victorian home, and harvesting the fruits to make lemonade for your guests. Once again, Meyer lemons are the choice of many indoor gardeners. Pretty in pots, the trees like full sun, potting soil that drains easily, and regular feedings with a citrus tree fertilizer. Keep them pruned to control their size. Once the nighttime temperatures stay above 50 degrees F, you can take your tree outdoors for the summer. Enjoy the fragrant blooms, but keep some bottled lemonade on hand for a while. The sweeter-than-most-lemons can take up to a year to ripen.
Make the mantel interactive with craft projects that kids can get involved in. These tree sculptures are made by cutting newspaper into serrated strips and attaching them to cardboard craft forms with glue.
Treat secondary living spaces to their very own trees—it’s a great chance to branch out from your main decorating color scheme and style to try something new and different. In the bonus room the design team used cool blues and swaths of silver create a glam look on the tree and at the window, with a large white wreath.
Using real fresh flowers, create a true showstopper of a tree for a Christmas dinner party. You have two options when creating a floral tree: use silk flowers to have it last all season or use fresh flowers to design a dramatic Christmas tree for a special occasion. For this tree, I used non-traditional Christmas colors of pink, burgundy and mauve. Pink roses, pink lilies, white hydrangeas and red roses are inexpensive flowers that are readily available at your local grocery store or florist. Keep the color palette monochromatic and you can’t go wrong with a fresh flower tree.
Start with a full, lush Christmas tree and cut the flower stems to be about 5 inches long. Stick the flower stem right into the tree towards the trunk and the heftiness of the branches will hold the flowers up. Complete the look with gifts wrapped in red, pink and floral patterned papers. Sprinkle some rose petals at the foot of the tree to bring a touch of romance to your floral tree look.
Do you love color? Do you have less than an hour to decorate your tree? Than this colorful Christmas tree is for you. Start by purchasing a variety of solid colored ribbons. You’ll need a lot, so buy in bulk at your local craft store. First, decorate your tree with colorful lights and then wrap the ribbon whimsically around the tree from the top to the bottom. Have fun with the ribbon on your gifts too by tying multiple ribbons around the same gift.
My favorite holiday scent is cinnamon. All you need to decorate your tree with this yummy scent are cinnamon sticks, some twine, and an hour. Wrap a group of four sticks with the twine. Hang on your tree with a shorter piece of twine.
For the cranberry and popcorn garlands, thread a long piece of embroidery floss onto a long embroidery needle. Thread the cranberries or freshly popped popcorn onto the floss until the garland is long enough to wrap around your tree a few times. To add fresh fruit to your tree, bake orange slices in a 200 degree oven for three to four hours until they're fully dried and use ornament hooks to hang them on the tree.
It’s easy to create indoor trees you can use year after year. Fill a medium-sized flowerpot with fast-setting concrete, then set a tree-like branch in the center. When the cement has hardened, hide the flower pot inside a pretty basket or other container, and decorate your “tree’ to your heart’s content.